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Buffaloes Replace Fresno State WIth Charleston Southern

Colorado couldn't get a replacement done with a FBS school but at least the schedule is now complete once again.

Doug Pensinger

The Colorado Buffaloes have finally found a replacement for the rained-out game that was supposed to take place last month against Fresno State. Instead, CU will play FCS Charleston Southern and, more importantly, WILL receive a waiver from the NCAA to have BOTH games against the FCS schools count for bowl eligibility. Whether or not the Buffs get to the six wins this season in the long run, it's important for the team to know that the possibility is there now.

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The game has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19; the kickoff time will be determined once the Pac-12 Conference sets the television schedule for that day next Monday.

CU and Fresno State officials couldn't come up with a workable scenario to make up the game this season and will discuss future options; the series is a "two-for-one" (two in Boulder, one in Fresno) as the Buffaloes played on the road at Fresno last year and the two are scheduled to meet in Boulder on Sept. 14, 2019.

"The Fresno State athletic department leadership, their president and their fans have all been very supportive and cooperative in our efforts to reschedule this contest," George said. "We are also most appreciative of Fresno State's student-athletes collecting donations to aid those victims of the flood."

Over the last two weeks, George and CU officials contacted nearly three dozen schools on both the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) and FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) levels, exploring all options available to find an opponent, preferably for Oct. 19, which was the second open date on CU's 2013 schedule. The only other possible date would have been the first Friday or Saturday in December, but those were fraught with complications.

Last Friday, Colorado received a waiver from the NCAA for it to be bowl eligible if it gets to six wins this season but if two were to come against FCS teams. Under the current rules, schools are allowed one win over an FCS opponent to count toward the minimum six required for postseason eligibility; the Buffaloes already had played an FCS school, Central Arkansas, winning that game 38-24 back on Sept. 7.

Charleston Southern is a member of the Big South Conference and is currently 5-0 on the season; the Buccaneers are ranked just outside the Top 25 in the FCS. To date, they have played and won four games on the road (at The Citadel, Campbell, Norfolk State and Appalachian State) with a win over Shorter at home. They also received a waiver from the NCAA, one that allowed them to play a 13th game, eight of which will be away from Charleston.

Does this resolution make everyone happy?